User Account & Lab Info
The GIS Lab is located at room 8-125 in the Teaching Lab Building. The lab is open to university wide to provide support and services for teaching and research activities. In order to use the lab facility, you need an user account for accessing GIS Lab file server and terminal servers.
- Before applying an user account in the GIS Lab, you need a UNBC user account set up by ITS. To get a UNBC account, go to the ITS help desk located the north end of the second floor in the Teaching Lab building.
- If you have an UNBC account but do not remember your account information, check it out at http://www.userdb.unbc.ca
- Take your UNBC account information to GIS Lab and talk to a Senior Lab Instructor (Ping or Scott). The lab instructor will set up an account for you for accessing GIS facility.
- NO food, drinks, or eating and no sound systems or radios beyond the lab entrance.
- YOU MUST consult a lab instructor before switching on or off a computer.
- Do not touch the computer screen. Use your mouse pointer to point things out to other people.
The GIS LAB is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday – Friday. The lab schedule is posted on the board outside of the GIS Lab and also on our website: http://www.gis.unbc.ca. Time slots that are not occupied by courses open to everyone.
You should stay in your assigned lab period. However if you must switch for a week talk to you lab instructor.
All the lab machines are running Ubuntu Linux operation system. Each lab machine generally is running as a client to access GIS servers:
|Servers in GIS lab||Description||Usage|
|osmotar.unbc.ca||GIS Window Terminal Server (window sever)||running the software for window platform|
|GISFS2.unbc.ca||GIS file storage||GIS file storage for data and files access|
GIS Terminal Server is running window 2012 R2 sever system and act as a processor server for all window based software. The GIS file server or storage are used for files and data access.
- Login to lab machine using your UNBC UNI credentials.
username: your username
password: your UNI password
Connect to Windows Terminal Server
For many of the courses offered through the GIS lab, access to the GIS Terminal server is required (as some of the software runs only on Microsoft operating systems). In most cases you need to access either GIS Windows terminal server or GIS Linux Server through local machines. The GIS Windows Terminal Server has most of the popular window software installed.
Connect Terminal Server from GIS lab computers
- To connect to a window terminal server, double click the Osmotar Terminal Server icon on your desktop The login window will popup allowing you to enter the account informaiton. Login Terminal Server (Osmotar) with your UNI credentials.
Connect Terminal Server from office or home computer (WindowsXP/7/8/10 and MacOS)
Note: Check with ITS on how to connect to campus server first if you are off campus and then follow the instructor before
- Microsoft: If you work from home or your office machine running window system, click
Start -> All programs -> Accessories -> Remote Desktop Connection
- MacOS: If you work from home or your office machine running a Mac computer you will need to install the remote desktop client from Microsoft at:
Once that is installed use it to access the terminal server as below
- In the popped up login window, click Show Options button and login with your UNI credentials
Username: uni\your username
password: your UNI password
- GIS drives are mapped in window environment
|Next Work Drives||Description||Permission|
|K||User’s home directory||Full access|
|L||GIS file server home||Read only|
When you finish your work in the lab time, please close all windows (programs) and logout properly.
- If you are working in Terminal server environment, first logoff from terminal server by clicking Start->Logout
- Now you are back to the local Lunix system, click Menu button at lower left and then click the second button from the bottom left to logoff from local machine.
Remote Connections to GIS Lab
There are a number of way to connect to the servers and lab machines in the GIS Lab. All connections require the computer you are connecting with to be within the firewall at UNBC. If you are on campus this does not require any special firewall software, but if you are off campus, you need to download the VPN client for your operating system from UNBC:
Once this is installed you can the following servers
Osmotar is our windows server (Windows Server 2012 R2) and can be accessed through a remote desktop client.
Windows operating system client:
- Typer “remote” at the start menu –> choose Remote Desktop Client”
- Expand the show options panel (bottom left)
- Computer = osmotar.unbc.ca
- username is yours with UNI\ in front of it (example for George below)
Download the Remote Desktop Connection software and use the same credentials as above
Use the remmina client avalialble for most Linux versions
NOTE: the VPN client from UNBC is out of date, but OpenVPN works fine –> just not as simple to set up.
PCI Server for Remote Sensing
This is a CENTOS Linux server created for use in Geog 432 and Geog 457 as it only has PCI Geomatica installed on it
Install X2Go on your computer
Once it is installed, the operation of it is the same for all operating systems
- Create a new session (call it whatever you want – i.e GIS Lab PCI Connection)
- Host is: 220.127.116.11 (this IP is for the PCI server)
- Login: your username (no need for UNI in front of the user name)
- Session type matches the machine to which you are connecting (the PCI server uses the XFCE desktop)
Below is an example of a user connecting to the PCI server
NOTE: You can use X2Go to connect to the lab machines as well. The method is the same except the Host will have a different IP, and the Session type is LXDE.